photo courtesy of Shary Fellows
Schooner American Eagle
March 2021
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Cruise News... Spring into Summer
pictures by Chris Brouwer taken when he was a deckhand fifteen years ago
Sunrise as we pass Whitehead Light outbound to the west, having left our berth in Rockland an hour or so before. When you think of Wilbert Snow's poetry this was his childhood home as Codline's Child. We're off on one of our adventures, a long day to Casco Bay, Isles of Shoals, or Cape Ann. We'll see what the wind allows.

A few hours later in open waters a flurry under the bow, a school of white sided dolphins scoot along our bow wake and scamper ahead.
We're charging along, making knots across the Gulf of Maine as this vessel has done for a very long time; whether for fishing for a living or exulting in the joy of putting a good vessel to work for those of us aboard to enjoy, absorb, and appreciate.
Yo Leaving the near shore behind as we try the day and find it welcoming, Nice varnish job, crew!

The foresail is drawing on a favoring breeze. At a thousand square feet it's half the size of the mainsail. The four sails together add up to four thousand square feet. With a trusty John Deere auxiliary engine who needs light air sails?
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The mainmast is a single piece of douglas fir eighty one feet from keelson to truck. Every spring the mastheads are varnished, masts scraped, oiled, greased, and the rigging tarred.
Sunset as we near Cape Ann. We''ll be anchored off Sandy Beach on the Pancake Ground in Gloucester Harbor before story time in the galley.
Crew's News
First on board varnish of the season. Mike in his first week on the job has already been helping set up the marine railway, scraping the track, bolting and unbolting roller boxes as the tide comes in, and lugging a lot of heavy stuff. He has a really nice jeep.

 A man of few words
Asher's back for year three, although last summer wasn't much here aside from sailing the North Haven with her new sail in Rockland Harbor. After fall and winter work on schooners in Portland he spent a good part of the winter in Georgia and South Carolina on the Harvey Gamage sailing and doing a lot of deck and rigging maintenance. Somewhere along the line his hair turned blonde.
Postcards from not so far away
and a while ago
We'll be spending a few days in Casco Bay on our Portland cruise so here are some ways people spent summer on the water a hundred years ago in that area.
1913... Captain Doughty and his Friendship sloop Nellie York with a boatload of rusticators sailing from Orr's Island. Two crew and twenty guests. This summer we'll have no more than twenty guests but with six crew.

There was passenger steamer service all over the bay, even up some of the little coves and guts.
The steamer Pilgrim out of Portland in 1908 .
She was built in Buffalo, NY, in 1891. That's a lot of people!
1907... the steamer Maquoit in Casco Bay by Bustin's Island. She was built in South Portland in 1905 and evidently fires her boiler with coal.
John at the wheel Oct 2010
This season we are limiting guests to a maximum of twenty per cruise, about 70% of our licensed capacity. By that metric some trips are now full. Keep us in mind as you grow more comfortable about traveling as the pandemic begins to fade. Remember, it's an outdoor experience and repeatable.. and fun!
John's closing